August 24, 2022
‘“You’re my property,” he said, between clenched teeth, “and I’ll dispose of you as I wish.”
Gwenifer is the unwanted child her uncle was made to take in when her mother died. Harry is the village halfwit everyone thinks they have the right to manipulate and exploit. And both of them are people who feel they can never really belong in the judgemental town of Grimblebury.
After an accident and a scandal, Gwen and Harry are forced to leave the village and accompany blind Mother Dorit, the steward’s mother, on a pilgrimage to Ransomwood, the town where a statue of the Holy Mother is rumoured to cry healing tears each day at dawn. Read more
The Uprising: The Mapmakers in Cruxcia
August 2, 2022
‘“Where are we? What is this place?” Sal stood, half asleep, beside the coach that seemed to have stopped in the middle of nowhere…’ begins The Uprising: The Mapmakers In Cruxia, by Eirlys Hunter.
This is a gripping story about Sal, Joe, Francie, Humphrey and their mother, Angelica Santander (all of whom you would have met in the first book, The Mapmakers Race, which you should read first), and their search for their father, Leopold Santander. This quest leads them to Cruxia, a town battling a corrupt corporation trying to take their burial grounds. Read more
Mrs Jewell and the Wreck of the General Grant
The Cuba Press
July 22, 2022
After immigrating to Australia three years ago, Mary Jewell is on her way back to England with her new husband, Joseph – and a hidden fortune. Sewn into the hems of their clothes is gold from the mines – gold enough to buy them a house and land. They travel on the ship the General Grant with over eighty other passengers and sailors, and for a few days everything seems to be going well. No one discovers their undeclared gold. Read more
Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair
July 22, 2022
Joe is back at it again, still deep undercover as Jürgen Weyl, in Brain Falkner’s third and final book in the Katipo Joe series. Published in 2022 by Scholastic, we join Joseph St George again, this time with even more danger and secrecy. This is the closest that any British spy has gotten to Hitler, and Joe must work hard to maintain this cover, but it won’t be easy! Although Joe has friends who know who he is, that just means there is more of a chance to get discovered. Read more
The Blood Traitor
Prison Healer series, Book #3
July 15, 2022
When I first saw this book for review I was so excited, because I had read the first two books of the Prison Healer Trilogy by Australian YA author Lynette Noni and they were so good I just couldn’t put them down.
The Blood Traitor, true to its name, is filled with traitors, spies, backstabbing, and twists that are so mind blowing and intriguing that you will do anything to hide from your chores so you can finish it. The exhilarating battles put you on the edge of your seat, filling you with anticipation and uncertainty. Read more
Queen of Muck
Mary Egan Publishing
July 1, 2022
After a slow start, Queen of Muck by Isaac Thackray turns into an exciting ride. This book is a perfect example of a children’s book at its best. With ballerina brutes, talking foxes, and middle-aged monsters, its story swept me away to another world.
Queen of Muck starts with sisters Lucy and Lily’s grandfather going missing. Then they find a mysterious postcard marked Florez with directions to a bookshop that seems to not open very often. The events after that lead them on a wild adventure, with evil queens, food fights, and a village ruined. Read more
Awatea and the Kawa Gang
June 17, 2022
Awatea and the Kawa Gang by Fraser Smith is a fun, adventurous story. Awatea goes to visit his Nan and Pop in Mangokuri. He and his friend Tredget make a tree hut, and Awa is determined to sleep there. He’s a daring, bold boy, and with his faithful sidekick, Carrot the Parrot, they can get through anything.
Then mysterious tyre tracks appear, leading to the beach. Holes have been cut and messily strung back together on the paddock fences. Will the Kawa gang find out what is going on? Read more
Elastic Island Adventures: Flip Flop Bay
May 27, 2022
Elastic Island Adventures: Flip Flop Bay by Karen McMillan is a story about four kids named Kiri, Jed, Emma, and Ethan.
They have discovered Elastic Island, which helps them do tests which in turn help the destinations they get sent to.
This time they have to help Flip Flop Bay, which is in serious trouble, and with Captain Crook always trying to steal Blong, what risks will he take? And will the children be able to save the island?
The story unfolds when the children are wanting to try out a flying school, but on their way they meet some complications pushing them back. Read more
Cassie Clark: Outlaw
May 3, 2022
Cassie Cark: Outlaw by Brian Falkner is an action-packed, thrilling book about a young girl on the road to finding her father.
Written from the perspective of Cassie Clark, the story begins in the hospital where she has just recovered from a hit and run. She hears on the news that her father has mysteriously disappeared, supposedly with a news reporter, and is shocked. She does not believe this – she cannot believe this.
Cassie, an eighteen year old girl, is really smart and prides herself on solving problems and reading people. Read more
The Rarkyn’s Familiar
The Parliament House
April 26, 2022
The Rarkyn’s Familiar by Nikky Lee is a riveting tale about a girl and creature that must travel through the Empire to break their bond. Told from multiple perspectives, this novel allows us to really experience and understand the world Lee had created. The Parliament House published this book in 2022 and it takes us on a journey through the Illredan Empire, following a human girl, Lyss and Skaar, an aetherling creature from the Otherworld. Together they must make it across the country to save themselves from the monsters looming on the horizon, all the while being chased by a powerful mancer and The Order. Read more